External hard drive for mulitple macs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by uptowngirl, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. uptowngirl macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
    Sorry if this has been asked a thousand times but I can't seem to find what I want through searching.

    I have an iMac and a Macbook Pro and I'm looking for an external hard drive that I can use to back up both macs. I was going to get a Time Capsule but I can't justify the cost compared to others. Do I need a NAS drive or will any external hard drive be able to do both? I'd prefer firewire rather than USB too (unless anyone tells me it wont make much difference!)#

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Any hard drive will be OK for that. Time Machine just creates 2 folders, one for your iMac and one for your MBP
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Depending on your drive's connection options, you may end up having to swap a cable back and forth if its not an NAS device.
  4. uptowngirl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
    I was looking at the WD My Book Studio which has firewire and USB ports. Could I have both my macs hooked up to this at the same time?

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